Chester Zoo is full steam ahead with the planning of their Christmas events including the traditional lanterns show.
It is officially now 20 weeks until Christmas – if you blinked you might have missed this year.
Luckily, Chester Zoo has revealed plans for the after-hours event will be going ahead for the ninth year.
The trail sees illuminated wildlife, colourful lanterns and even enchanting costumed characters spread across 11 fantastical worlds, each completely different.
This year’s event has been carefully planned to ensure all guests are safe and have a memorable Chester Zoo experience.
You will start at Cactus Desert, welcomed by a world of colour and movement. The path is lit by glowing cacti, frogs and chameleon characters. Next up is Over the Rainbow followed by the dramatically stripy world of Zebra Grasslands and then the calming power of nature in Garden of Delight.
This year also sees the return of the Underwater World which transports you to the bottom of the sea complete with a show-stopping octopus.
Ticket sales for The Lanterns are vital for the survival of the zoo and its contributions to ending extinction.
The coronavirus pandemic meant Chester Zoo had to shut for three months leaving a huge £5.5m scar on the finances.
Head of guest experience at Chester Zoo, Jon Turley, said: “Events that help us to bring some additional income into our charity will be absolutely crucial in securing the future of our zoo and our species-saving work. That’s why we’re so, so excited to be able to bring The Lanterns back again this year.
“With safety and social distancing firmly at the forefront of our minds, far fewer tickets have been made available for our event this time around, which might just make it an even more magical experience for those who secure a ticket.
“We’re planning to transform the zoo into a spectacular winter wonderland, featuring 11 fantastical worlds.
“Guests will be welcomed into an exotic world of colour and movement, where larger than life illuminations and animal characters await. Making a return this year will be our popular ‘Underwater’ world, which will transport visitors to the bottom of the sea where they’ll discover a giant show-stopping octopus.”
He continued: “We’ve made a few adjustments so that there will be less physical interaction with visitors this time, but we’re sure that our array of never-before-seen features will ensure guests will make memories that last a lifetime.
“We can’t wait to welcome people back to The Lanterns, see lots of big smiles on faces and, at the same time, raise valuable funds so we can continue our mission of preventing extinction as a wildlife conservation charity.”
The Lanterns will be open from November 13th to December 23rd and tickets are available now, with prices starting at £16 for an adult and £13.50 for children.
Find out more here.
A magical real-life mermaid show is coming to Sea Life Manchester this Autumn
This looks incredible!
Sea Life Manchester is launching limited-edition evening events to keep you and the kids entertained throughout Autumn, and they’re kicking off with a mesmerising mermaid event.
If you’re looking for a spectacular show to treat the kids to – this is definitely it!
Complete with actual real-life mermaids (sort of), watch an enchanting routine of the magical creatures swimming alongside the many other creatures at Sea Life.
The after-hours event is taking place on Friday nights, starting this Friday, September 25th, until October 16th, giving guests plenty of chance to witness the magical mermaid show.
Speaking on the launch Stuart Jarman, General Manager at Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: ”The response of guests to the re-opening of our attractions Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre here at Barton Square has been incredible.
“As we continue to safely and responsibly welcome guests back to SEA LIFE Manchester, we’re delighted to launch a programme of extra-special events that promise to inspire, excite and educate guests of all ages on the wonders of ocean life.
“Our real-life mermaids are incredible and a real visual experience. They’re loved by our creatures, who love to engage with them, as much as our visitors.”
Tickets, which are £21.95 for adults and £16.95 for children (kids under three go free), also get you full access to the family attraction.
You can get up close to sharks, octopuses, stingrays, and giant green sea turtles. Plus there are loads more to see, as Sea Life is home to over 1,000 wondrous creatures!
Tickets are limited and the Mermaid event, the first in the series, is likely to sell out quickly!
The UK’s first socially distanced outdoor drag show is coming to Manchester this week
This will be amazing!
Freight Island will be hosting the UK’s very first outdoor and socially distant drag tour, and it features some massive names.
The show, Klub Kids Manchester presents Squirrel Friends 2, is coming to Escape to Freight Island this week.
In September there will be a huge line up of pop and drag acts, fully following the government’s social distancing guidelines.
Book your table at Escape to Freight Island and get tickets to the two-hour show, Drag Market, food stalls plus drinks via table service and plenty of artist merchandise too!
The line-up includes The Vivienne who fans will know from Drag Race UK, Jimbo the drag Clown and Rock M Sakura from season 12 of Drag Race.
There will also be S Club, Vinegar Strokes, Erika Klash and Donna Trump on the lineup, so safe to say you’re in good hands!
The night will be packed full of entertainment from 5pm all the way until midnight.
Squirrel Friends 2 will be at Freight Island Wednesday, September 23rd, and tickets cost £20 per person.
A new Brazilian bottomless brunch with endless sangria on tap is coming to Manchester
This looks so good!
You can’t beat a bottomless brunch, with nonstop booze and good food – it’s what Sundays are made for.
But what could make a bottomless brunch even better? Well, how about ENDLESS SANGRIA ON TAP alongside some top notch Brazilian food? Yep, that’ll do it.
And Manchester’s very own KBOM Bar & Kitchen is doing just that, launching their ‘Domingo sem Fundo‘ – which roughly translates as ‘Bottomless Sundays’ – this weekend.
You can choose a starter and a main alongside bottomless drinks for 90 minutes for just £22.95 per person, with a wide range of Brazilian and Portuguese dishes to pick from.
Starters include Rissois de Quejio – deep-fried cheese croquettes – or Pao de Quejio, cheesy dough balls which are the most popular street food snack over in Brazil.
You can also grab Asas Grelhadas, which is Portuguese style grilled chicken wings, marinated and cooked in either lemon and herb or KBOM’s very own Piri Piri seasoning.
When it comes to mains, there’s loads of authentic Brazilian and Portuguese dishes, like Bitoque – a Portuguese take on steak and eggs – and Frango Grelhado, which is half a grilled Piri Piri spiced chicken with fries.
There’s also the Burger da Onda – a steak and king prawn burger – alongside Espetada de Gambas, grilled king prawn skewers brushed with in-house made chilli and garlic seasoning.
If you want to go all out there’s the Picanha à Brasileira, Brazilian-style grilled sirloin steak served with black beans, rice and farofa seasoning.
When it comes to drinks you’re really spoiled for choice, with bottomless Sangria straight from the tap, Caipirinhas (a top quality Brazilian cocktail), red, white or rose wine, Super Bock or Sagres lager, or if you’re off the booze there’s soft drinks as well.
KBOM’s bottomless Sunday brunches start this Sunday, September 20th, with three slots at 12:15-13:45, 14:00-15:30 and 15:45-17:15 – you can book in here.